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Lying in the Age of Obama

July 23rd, 2013 - 12:02 am

So Why Not Lie?

I end with three reasons to tell the truth. The majority has to tell the truth — to the IRS, to the police, to the DA, to the census — if a consensual society is to work. You readers tell the truth so that the society can survive an Eric Holder or Mike Barnicle. Average people must speak honestly or our elites’ lies will overwhelm, even destroy us. If 100 million tell the IRS lies during audits or take the 5th Amendment, our voluntary tax system collapses. We can take only so many Lois Lerners.

Two, this often sordid, sometimes beautiful world is not the end. There is transcendence. Lies damage our soul. Selling out in the here and now has consequences later on. If you are religious, your immortal soul is lost. If you are not, at least consider that your legacy, heritage, and remembrance are forever ruined. Ask the ghost of Stephen Ambrose. What good was all that money, all those interviews if based on a lie? All the insight and delight that he brought millions of readers was tarnished. And for what, exactly?

Third, we must strive to be tragic heroes, perhaps not as dramatic as Ajax, not as cool as Shane. Would you rather have been Ethan Edwards or Will Kane or have run Lehman Brothers in 2008? Sometimes, in less dramatic fashion, the choices are that Manichean.

We must try to tell the truth, not to doctor films, edit tapes, erase talking points, or lie before Congress, fabricate heroic war records, or invent false sources. Again, why? Because we seek to do the right thing with the full resignation that in the here and now we will often still lose and will lose often and gladly telling the truth.

“We always lose,” says Chris at the end of the The Magnificent Seven after he did the right thing. Or to paraphrase the cinematic T.E. Lawrence about Auda Abu Tayi, we will not lie, as do our elites, because it is simply “our pleasure” not to.

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And so it is, Semp. The sickest and most pathetic liars of all are those who lie to themselves. Semper blowhard!

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Like all good Leninists, Obama and Holder have been trying to provoke open civil strife since day one. They think it will help them entrench their totalitarian system, radicalize the population and ultimately, with a bit of luck, round up and kill lots of white people. I don't know if they realize that, if history is any indicator, there is a better than even chance that they will be unable to control the forces they unleash and that the results may be something quite different than what they hoped for.
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You're the one with the Pinocchio nose, son. Obama never cut the deficit in half - he doubled it. Oil did NOT spike under the O's watch - those were already done deals. And the official version of Benghazi was indeed based on the video of the guy in seattle.
Your troll is, in a word, weeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaak.
You really need to try harder.
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Indeed, Washington and especially the White House administration is full of
liars. Liars on your left. Liars on your right. Liars, liars......everywhere.
And yet we tolerate it, allowing Obama, Holder, the IRS officials and so many
others to lie straight-faced to us every day, with no accountabiity whatsoever.
What are we to do? Perhaps turning off your T.V. would be a good start.
After all, everything you need to know is on the Internet, and you dont have
to listen to their lies.
1 year ago
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Thank you, VDH. I still remember Mitt Romney's face when Cathy Crowley confronted him, when he pointed out that Obama lied. He had done so in the most gentlemanly way, but could not reconcile her near sociopathic confidence in defending Obama.

Until we put aside our politeness, we will be taken advantage of those who lie and steal, as that is written into their community organizing tactical doctrine, and justified by the academics post-modern pollitics-of-meaning "narrative" that informs their "end justifes the means" fascism.
1 year ago
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Finally! Hanson calls Obama a LIAR! You have been tip-toeing around that word for years.

If you and other "conservatives" had been quicker to call a spade a spade(including pathetic Romney), perhaps these demagogues and thugs would not have another four years of power.
1 year ago
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Excellent article, telling it how it is.
Except, I don't think that Barnicle's fibs were anything at all comparable to Holders lies.
1 year ago
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Fibs? Lies?

What an odd way to describe abuse of the Law.

AND The necessary, in a lawful society, trust that the law officers honoured by the population to the job of enforcement respect and regard that law as their responsibility.

Not as their toy to damage, to fundamentally transform as long as there is no force that does or can stop them.
1 year ago
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I look so forward to your articles Dr. Hanson. You are brilliant.
Thank you
1 year ago
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Demanding accountability occurs only when people WANT the truth. Our government, academia and the corrupt media have provided a toxic atmosphere in which superficial propaganda--the tyranny of slogans--is spewed to the masses.
"Ignorance is Strength"
Q: "How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?"
A: "I don't know...whatever you say."
1 year ago
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People lie. It's that simple. However, Politicians lie for a living. they call it Spin. What stuns me is the arrogance of their lies.
Watch the News and Commentary programs on cable. The typical left wing guest will be spewing half truths, 'spin' or outright fabrications. If someone calls them on it they will:
1. ignore the criticism and act like they never heard the challenge
2. repeat the lie endlessly hoping to wear the opponent out
3. change the subject or twist it into a different discussion
4. feign outrage and accuse their critic of lying.
Some of the worst at this include members of the Congressional Black Caucus and 'Democrat Poltitical Consultants". Bring up the current lie that Trayvon Martin was 'stalked' by George Zimmerman and watch what happens.
1 year ago
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Lying by politicians has already done our society great harm. One example;
My parents are willing to pay $200.00 more a month on Medicare and take 100.00 less on their SS-checks. Just like most loyal - truthful - patriotic American citizens they are willing to sacrifice!!
The problem is they know the politicians will not do the right thing with the funds. So like most seniors, my folks hold on tight to their demands for no cuts to their entitlements.
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Why should they tell the truth. If 51% of the people beleive the lies, and voter them back in, they are asking for more lies. I value trith and did not vote for Obama, but it is obvious that far too much of our country does not value truth.
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Ultimately, since we are a self governing country, the responsibility for acceptance or rejection of all this dishonesty, lies with us. And I fear that we are failing the test.
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